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Friday, August 30, 2013

P J Nunn Angel Killer Character Guest Post and Review

 
 
 



About the Book:

Title: Angel Killer
Author: PJ Nunn
Paperback: 286 pp.
Publisher: Dark Oak Mysteries
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610090799
ISBN-13: 978-1610090797

The death of a child is every mother’s nightmare.  But what if the child has no mother?  What if their little bodies are discarded like garbage and no one even seems to care that they’re gone? 

Shari Markham, psychologist for the Dallas Police Department, knows what it feels like to be unclaimed and unwanted. She can’t turn away, even if it means demons dancing in her dreams at night.  But when her relentless pursuit of information to help apprehend this madman gets a little too close, he turns the tables, warning her that his next scheduled victim will be her own three-year-old granddaughter, Angel!

Purchase your copy at AMAZON
 
  
Excerpt:
 
Fog swirled around her, transforming everything into vague shapes and blurs. A small sigh escaped her as Shari parked her mocha Taurus next to the Grand Prairie squad car and got out. The sudden loss of heat prompted her to pull the front of her jacket closed
against the damp air. Texas was never this cold in November. Sleep had been elusive. She’d just settled in when the jangling of the phone chased away warm, fuzzy dreams and replaced them with harsh, cold reality. Now the distant sound of thunder matched her
mood and didn’t bode well for the crime scene. The sky, a creepy morning shadow with no delineation, met the ground while a fine mist settled on her without a single, discernible drop. Shari slammed the door and walked across the grass toward the officer securing the scene.
 
After more than a year as criminal profiler for the Dallas Police Department, she wondered if the time would ever come when she’d accept these early morning wakeup calls as typical rather than feeling as if she’d been thrown into a tornado. Emotional autopilot would kick in any minute though, separating her from the horrors to come
and allowing her to function within the safe realm of clinical objectivity. At least that’s how it worked in theory.

 
“Morning,” she greeted the uniformed officer as he walked toward her, headed back to his squad car. He didn’t look any more cheerful than she felt. Nobody liked to work crimes against children.

My Review:

This is one of those action packed stories that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the front cover to the back cover.  Shari is one tough cookie that I would love to have on the case if I ever needed the police to solve a case involving me, that is unless I were the one who committed the crime.  This is one on of those great stories that also leaves you guessing.  P J Nunn never even gave a hint as to who was behind the heinous crimes.  I also really liked the relationship between Shari and Luke and I am anxious to see what happens with them, as we are left hanging about what is going to happen with them.  I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it, I will have to say the crimes that occur in this story are pretty bad, but P J Nunn doesn't go into the "gory" details.  She also did a great job with the love aspect between Shari and Luke, and we didn't have to read those "gory" details either.  If you are looking for an edge of  your seat, sit back and hold on book, then this is the book for you.  Great job P J Nunn.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 

About the Author:
 
As with most things, PJ Nunn's career started out as something else entirely. She started out in retail then moved to property management. That led to teaching high school, then serving as a counselor and liaison to the local police youth services division. She also spent five years as chairperson of the Coryell County Child Welfare Board and spent years counseling abuse victims and serving law enforcement as a trauma counselor and consultant (something she still does today). When she moved to Dallas, a family illness caused her to leave a job teaching psychology at Dallas County Community College District to become a freelance writer, but found that a few favors she was doing for friends—writing press releases and setting up book signings—was better suited to her talents and her drives.

In 1998, she founded BreakThrough Promotions, now a national public relations firm helping authors, mostly of mystery novels, publicize themselves and their work. The business is thriving and PJ is excited about the release of her first novel, Angel Killer. PJ lives with her husband some of their five children near Dallas, TX.

Learn more about PJ and her work at www.pjnunn.com.


Character guest post – Dr. Shari Markham on getting in over her head

 

I can’t be sure if it’s more like jumping off a high cliff or drowning in the middle of the ocean, but I was definitely in over my head.

It all seemed so simple. I was tired of my job at CPS. Of seeing so many cases never closed and so many kids with so many needs never met. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer out of the blue, everything seemed to happen so fast. Four months later, he was gone. My oldest son was married and my youngest just started medical school. Ken had enough life insurance that I was taken care of. Our house was paid for. But life as I knew it was over.

For years I’d said if I could, I’d go back to school and get my PhD in psychology and go to work for a law enforcement agency where maybe I could actually make a difference. The more I thought about it, and talked to the boys, the better it sounded and soon I was enrolled in Sam Houston State. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The study of abnormal and criminal psychology was fascinating. After graduation, one of my professors was kind enough to put in a good word for me when I applied for a newly created position with the Dallas Police Department in their Crimes against Persons division.

Everything seemed like it was going exactly the way I wanted it to. Then came the wakeup call. Sergeant Brian Grant seemed none too pleased to have to clean out the storage room to make an office for me, and the rest of the officers in the division followed his lead. Oh, they were polite, most of the time, but I was definitely the outsider. I pretty much stayed in my office unless I absolutely had to leave, and I did the requisite evaluations and paperwork, but it was hard. There was a sinking feeling in my stomach that followed me home in the evening and I started wondering how it could be so different than I thought it would be.

I guess I seemed pretty down. Gradually, Sgt. Grant started asking me to go with him more often when he went into the field. I found that I really liked being able to visit the crime scenes and be present when they interviewed witnesses. Sometimes I even noticed things in the witness’s body language or facial expressions that the officers didn’t notice and was able to help them interpret information that was important to solving the case. Finally, a reason to be there!

There’s still so much that I don’t know, but over the last year, I’ve become acquainted with most of the guys and we’re friendly. Each new case is eye-opening and I still get that butterfly feeling in my stomach when the tension rises. I know that each decision can be life-threatening or life-saving. That’s a lot of pressure. But I’m up for it. I’ll be the best criminal psychologist I can be.

“Listen up! We’ve got a DB out on I-20. Shari, you coming?”

 


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kate Eileen Shannon Guest Post and Giveaway



 
 
 
 
 

Thank you Melina for inviting me to be a guest on your blog.

I went on this blog tour to get out the idea that my ‘series’ is really a ‘serial’. Which essentially means it is one continuous story from book to book without repetitive backstory enabling a book to be a stand alone. But I can’t very well talk about the same thing at every stop so for a more full description of that, go back to the first stop on the tour. Today I thought I’d talk about my strong point as a writer or weak point, depending how you look at it.

My strong point is dialogue. My weak point is dialogue – if you don’t like a lot of it. My writing tends to be almost completely dialogue driven. And if two people are having a conversation, I don’t see why people can’t follow it without ‘he said’ ‘she said’ inserted constantly. Sure, when a third or fourth person is there I can understand saying, ‘Kevin interrupted to say, “Why don’t we…”’. But when just two people are talking, I find all the tagging (I’m sure there must be a proper term for it) annoying when I am reading and an insult to the reader’s intelligence when I am writing.

The stories I like are interactions between people, hence the dialogue, and I don’t like excessive description. Yeah, yeah, yeah. The sun is shining. The smell of the fresh cut grass is lovely. Same as yesterday, get on with it already. I suppose that is largely why I went with the idea of a serial. I was able to cut out a lot of description especially the excessive description and backstory for every single character and place that must be repeated in each and every book in a series to make it stand alone. So you will hear a lot about where Brigid lives in book one but never again. It’s been covered, let’s get on with the mystery at hand. You will get backstory on Damien and Mike in book one because they are suspects in this one. But you don’t hear a lot about Aisling because she isn’t as important in this story but you will hear more about her in upcoming stories where she plays a bigger part. Don’t worry, there is still plenty of description and observation, you just won’t be getting ‘repeats’.

Maybe it is because I am Irish and we tend to talk a lot. A lot. My cousin was just over to the states for a visit and he and I talked for seven hours nonstop. My poor husband, who hardly got in a word, was completely exhausted at the end of the day. So for better or worse, I like dialogue.

Thank you again Melina for having me here and let me just mention the second book, Meditated Murder, will available shortly. And as I am explaining on this tour, it is a serial as opposed to a series. Visit some of the other tour stops to find out what that means. Be sure to comment at each stop to increase your chances of winning one of the books and be sure to leave your email address. . I’ll be announcing the winners on my blog one week after the tour closes, on September 9th.
 
Social Insecurity
by Kate Eileen Shannon
Social Insecurity cover
Book Details
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: CreateSpace
Release Date: March 28, 2013
Number of Pages: 242
Synopsis
Brigid Kildare is not your typical hard boiled private eye. But she doesn’t pretend to be. No matrimonial. No child custody. No bodyguard or surveillance work. No process serving. Brigid is strictly data. Asset searches, background searches, computer security, pre-employment screening, and basically any type of records research is what she deals in. And you really could not expect anything else. After all, your average five foot tall, blue eyed, blond (one friend describes her as looking like a Christmas tree angel) is rarely the person you would send out after a bail jumper. Oh, and there is that whole one leg thing – ADA aside, most people don’t think of an amputee as the go to person for a security job.
But in SOCIAL INSECURITY, the first in the Brigid Kildare Mystery Series, professional PI, Brigid Kildare, turns amateur sleuth when old ladies in the Federal Hill area of Providence start to go missing and she can’t get the police to believe her. As her assistant and long time friend, Kevin, puts it: “Honey, if an old lady like Jessica Fletcher can do it, a one-legged PI and her gay PA can do it too!” Brigid solves the mystery, along with an odd cast of friends and family, but not before four old ladies have died, she has caught the eye of a handsome Providence detective, and she discovers that not everyone who is close to her is what they appear to be.
 
 
 



 
About Kate Eileen Shannon
Kate Eileen Shannon is a Writer, Artist, and sometimes Real Estate Agent – as she says, ‘a purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle’. Trifles. Little things. Here today, gone tomorrow. In other words, a little of this, a bit of that.
She has had three husbands and two children; lived in Ireland, Rhode Island, and Florida; owned a brake repair shop, an art gallery, a farm, and a boat building business; been a Realtor, a title examiner, a real estate closer, and a government employee which led her straight to being unemployed, laid off, made redundant.
Kate is currently living in Rhode Island overlooking the water and a lighthouse; with her husband, Dick Thomas (who won’t let her have a cat); where she spends her time painting, drawing, and of course working on the next book in the Brigid Kildare mystery series, MEDITATED MURDER.
 
Online links:
Webpage http://kateshannon.com/
Blog http://kateeileenshannon.wordpress.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Brigid-Kildare-Mystery-Series/114105325364455
Twitter https://twitter.com/_KateShannon
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/kateeshannon/boards/
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kate-eileen-shannon/60/42a/7a
Google+ https://plus.google.com/114985415367750527192/about/p/pub
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7027461.Kate_Eileen_Shannon
She Writes http://www.shewrites.com/profile/KateEileenShannon
Book Blogs http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/KateEileenShannon
Purchase Links:
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Tour Participants
August 19 – Omnimystery News Guest Post
August 20 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner Review &  Guest Post
August 21 -Socrates’ Book Review Blog Guest Post
August 22 – Mommasez…Review
August 23 – readalot Review & Guest Post
August 25 - Chloe Gets A Clue Interview
August 26 – Dru’s Book Musings Guest Post
August 27 – Musings and Ramblings Review & Guest Post
August 28 – Melina’s Book Blog Guest Post
August 31 – Must Read Faster Review & Guest Post
September 1 – A Chick Who Reads Review & Guest Post
September 2 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK Review


5 autographed paperback books will be given away across the tour
with the entry being simply leaving a comment.
The chances of winning increases with blog visit each blog and leave a comment. 
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Monday, August 26, 2013

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin--GIVEAWAY

About On Distant Shores: Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace---and a love that remains true.

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.

Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.

Purchase a Copy: http://ow.ly/nIVWC

My Review:

This was an awesome book.  Sarah Sundin writes so well, that I felt I was right there with the characters, experiencing what they were going through.  This book had a sweet love story, and the historic aspect was also very good and very informative.  World War II is an era of history that I find fascinating, but I really don't know a whole lot about it.  I feel that even though this was a work of fiction, I learned a lot.  The dramatic events in this book left me on the edge of my seat.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the era of World War II or to anyone who loves a good, clean, action-packed, sweet romance.  Great job Sarah, I loved it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


Meet Sarah: Sarah Sundin is the author of "With Every Letter" and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A "Memory Between Us" was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.




Landing page: 


Sarah Sundin is celebrating the release of her latest novel, On Distant Shores, with a Romantic Weekend Getaway giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple's getaway)
  • With Every Letter and On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the "On Distant Shores" Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.



So grab your copy of On Distant Shores and join Sarah on the evening of September 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)



DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAY. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 3rd!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Winter in Full Bloom-Anita Higman

About Winter in Full Bloom: Lily Winter's wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily's lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her---a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she'd been hiding for decades---Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were just babies.

Without looking back, Lily---with her fear of flying---boards a jumbo jet and embarks on a quest to find her sister which leads half way around the world to Melbourne, Australia. Befriended by imprudent Ausie, he might prove to be the key to finding her sister. But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to attempt a family reunion and to find the one dream she no longer imagined possible-the chance to fall in love again.

Purchase the Book: http://ow.ly/nIIcx

My Review:

This was a very intense read.  It started out a little slow for me, but then I got into it and didn't want to put it down.  It is the story of Lily, who finds out she had a twin sister that was "taken" away.  She sets out on a journey to find that sister, and finds love, and whole lot more.  This is a wonderful story of forgiveness and love that will stay with you long after you have put it down.  I highly recommend this book.  Great job Anita.  The way it ended, there is going to be a book about Camille, the other twins, journey, and I look forward to that also.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


Meet Anita: Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Connect with Anita at: www.anitahigman.com 













Landing page: 



 


Anita Higman's latest novel, Winter in Full Bloom, has just released. She's teamed up with her publisher, River North Fiction, for a fun giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party on August 29th.



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One grand prize winner will receive:


  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 28th.Winner will be announced August 29th at the Winter in Full Bloom Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Anita will be hosting a book chat, talking about family, announcing the winner of the Kindle Fire, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at her next book.



So grab your copy of Winter in Full Bloom and join Anita on the evening of August 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAY. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 29th!



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Whispers on the Dock-Evangeline Kelley Giveaway

About Whispers on the Dock: Three sisters. A charming inn. Hints of mystery and romance. And a gorgeous seaside setting. Escape to Misty Harbor Inn.

As Nantucket reaches the pinnacle of its summer glory, and the Marris sisters welcome guests at Misty Harbor Inn, youngest sister Sam Carter enters her mother's cobbler recipe in the Summerfest baking contest. But she faces a formidable opponent, a past winner who is determined to keep her title even if it means stooping to dirty tactics. Can Sam's newfound faith help her rise above the fray and reach out to this lonely woman? Meanwhile, an elderly guest arrives who knows the inn's history, and the sisters are stunned to learn that their late mother lived there as a child. But she told them she'd never been to Nantucket until her honeymoon! Through the woman's reminiscences and photos, the sisters make an intriguing discovery --- not only about the mysterious Hannah Montague, the young woman who disappeared from the house in 1880, but also about their own family history.

Readers will delight in the inviting Nantucket setting and be enthralled by the adventures of these sisters who reunite to bring their mother's Misty Harbor dreams to life.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/nXSVh

My Review:

I didn't have a chance to read the first two books in The Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series, which are Seaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer, but believe me, I have them on my Kindle and plan to read them soon.  I really loved this book.  I would suggest though, if you have the time to read the first two books as things that started in the other two books get resolved in this one.  Even though I haven't read the first two, I really wasn't that lost as to what was going on.  This is a story that sucks you in and makes you feel that you actually know the characters, it makes you care what happens to them.  Once I started reading, I really couldn't put it down.  There are so many things going on in this book.  I highly recommend this series, even though I have only read this book, but I know I will love the other two books.  I loved how each sister had something going on and they all had to realize they needed to sit back and relax and not stress and everything worked out fine.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About the authors: Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Hanson & Barbara Andrews, and Camy Tang, the four authors who collaborated to create Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn. Each of them has published novels individually, but this is their first series together. 


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Book three in the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series, Whispers on the Dock(Guideposts Books) is now availableCome back to Nantucket and be enthralled by the final installment of the cozy intrigue of Misty Harbor Inn.



Enter to win the entire set of Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn.


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Three winners will receive:


  • Seaside Summer, Sunflower Summer and Whispers on the Dock by Evangeline Kelley
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 31st. All winners will be announced September 2nd at the Litfuse blog.



Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit the Litfuse blog on the 2nd to see if you won one set! (Or better yet, subscribe to our blog (via the box in the top right sidebar) and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Home for Lydia

A Home for Lydia
Lovely Lydia Fisher may be an outspoken Amish woman, but she also desperately needs her job at the Plain Cabins at Pebble Creek. Though sparks fly at first between her and her new boss, when the cabins are robbed, nothing is more important to Aaron than making sure Lydia is safe.  Book 2 in The Pebble Creek Amish Series


My Review:

This is the second book in the Pebble Creek Amish series and this is a series that you really need to read in order, so I am glad that I read the first book in the series, A Promise for Miriam.  This book picks up where the first book left off, only it introduced new characters.  Lydia works at the Plain Cabins and Aaron comes from Indiana to take over for his uncle Ervin, who has passed away.  Aaron doesn't want to be there, but with help from the community he makes the Cabins a success.  In the mean time, he and Lydia realize they have feelings for each other.  Then there is a serious problem in the community and at the Cabins.  This book started a little slow, but soon picked up and I enjoyed reading about the lives of Gabe and Miriam again and being introduced to all the new characters.  Vannetta Chapman does such a great job, I feel like I know the characters personally.  Looking forward to the next book in this series, which in entitled A Wedding for Julia.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Image of Vannetta Chapman 
Vannetta Chapman has published more than 100 articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas Hill country. Her first two inspirational novels—A Simple Amish Christmas and Falling to Pieces—were Christian Book Distributors bestsellers.

 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Teresa Trent-Guest Post and Review of Buzzkill



 
 
 
 
 

Book Details
Genre: Cozy Mystery
4th in the Pecan Bayou Series
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 13, 2013)
Paperback: 342 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1490942919
E-Book File Size: 338 KB
ASIN: B00DSU1S8W
Synopsis
Betsy Livingston is planning a wedding so what could go wrong? After publishing a recipe for homemade calamine lotion in the newspaper, the ladies in the community church make a large batch. Everyone loves the stuff until someone in Pecan Bayou is found dead after using it. The town points to Betsy and she starts rethinking her whole career as a helpful hints columnist. Now she must clear her own name in between dress-fitting, cake-tasting, and all those things that turn a bride into a bridezilla. Is Betsy at fault or could there be something else that leads her down the aisle to murder?
 
 
 
 
My Review:
 
Well, Teresa Trent has done it again.  I think this has been the best Betsy Livingston book yet.  I really enjoy visiting Betsy and all the great folks of Pecan Bayou, TX.  In Buzzkill, Betsy is marrying Leo and they have hired cranky Lenny Stokes and his wife, Martha, to do the flowers for the wedding.  When her aunt, Maggie, hires Mr. Andre to be her wedding planner, he decides to use someone else to do the flowers for the wedding.  When Betsy and Leo go to get their deposit back from Mr. Stokes, they find him dead from an apparent unfortunate attack by his bees.  But as Betsy and her father, Judd Kelsey, dig deeper they discover that Mr. Stokes was really murdered.  As if Betsy doesn't have enough on her plate, she accidently sends her estranged mother an invitation to her wedding, and she shows up, a month early, there is another wedding scheduled for the same day, and that bride seems to be out to get Betsy.  Then throw in another murder.  Will Betsy's wedding go off without a hitch?  This was a book that once I started reading, I couldn't hardly  put it down.  It was filled with so many pitfalls for Betsy, but she never lost her cool.  This book kept me gusssing till the very end, and what a surprising ending.  I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Buzzkill, it is great.  Wonderful job, Teresa. 
 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. 
 
 
Teresa Trent lives in Texas and loves writing about small town life. She first got the idea to create Pecan Bayou after visiting the Texas Hill Country to view the millions of springtime flowers alongside the roads and highways. The town of Pecan Bayou does not exist in Texas, but there is a body of water in the state with the name. Pecan Bayou does exist in Teresa’s imagination and heart. Buzzkill is the fourth book in the Pecan Bayou series featuring all of the crazy characters who live in this cozy little town in Texas.
Connect With Teresa
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/teresatrentmysterywriter
Twitter- @ttrent_cozymys
Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5219581.Teresa_Trent
Buzzkill Excerpt
“Okay now, let’s see.” Mr. Andre lowered his head, revealing the roots of his mousse-spiked, bleached hair. He wore a dark maroon suit with a matching jewel-toned silk shirt unbuttoned midway, showing sparse hair on his skinny chest. “Do you have a photographer?”
“Yes,” I ventured.
“No,” Aunt Maggie cut in. “She has some guy who shoots kiddie team pictures.”
“Oh my.” Andre circled something on his clipboard. “No photographer.”
“And you’ve gone for a wedding cake tasting?”
“A tasting? I think I already know what vanilla and chocolate tastes like by now.”
Andre shook his head as if I were a child. “No, my dear. You will be pleased to find out there are other flavors like white amaretto, champagne – girl, you can even get peanut butter if that’s what floats your boat. So I take it you haven’t had a cake-tasting session?”
“You would be correct,” I replied.
“I see.” He circled another line. “And your flowers?”
“She’s using Lenny Stokes, and she’s already put a deposit down,” Aunt Maggie said.
Andre grimaced.
“I see. I’ll need his number and address so I can get in contact with him to put him on my approved vendors list.” He circled another line. “And what is the venue?”
“We are going to have the ceremony at the community church.”
Andre’s eyebrows raised as he nodded and smiled. I had finally done something right.
“Do you have any kind of documentation on this?” he asked.
“Not officially, no,” I said. “I have talked to the pastor about it, though and he says it’s open. We live in a small town, Andre. Documentation isn’t always required.”
“Mr. Andre,” he corrected.
“We just don’t have the same kinds of waiting lists like there are in the big city.”
He clutched his hand to his chest. “Well, that’s a relief.”
“And your invitations?”
“We weren’t going to send those out until mid-January. We were afraid people would lose them. I have them ordered.” Mr. Andre’s eyes slanted toward me. “Well, they’re not exactly ordered, but I do have them picked out.”
A pause hung in the air as Mr. Andre summoned up the strength to go on. “Are you sure we’re planning a wedding and not some kind of country barbecue where they cook a pig over a spit?” He clasped his hands together in front of him to emphasize his point. “You are in crisis mode, Madame Happy Hinter.”
I gulped. So maybe, just maybe, I hadn’t nailed down enough of the details. I felt a tear escape onto my cheek. Andre, used to overwhelmed brides, reached over to a satin-covered tissue box and slapped it down on the table in front of me.
“Dry your eyes, sweetie. We’ve got work to do,” he said. “You should know what a lucky girl you are. I just removed myself from a wedding on the same day. No one – I repeat, no one – does a wedding like Mr. Andre, but even I have my limits on troublesome brides and monster mothers. As fate would have it, I’m yours.”
He walked over to a filing cabinet and pulled out a large white leather binder. Mr. Andre’s picture was on the front, and underneath that, “Weddings Exclusively by Mr. Andre” was embossed in gold lettering.
“I don’t care what religion you are,” he said. “This, lovey, is your new bible. Carry this with you everywhere and fill it with notes, questions, business cards, quotes and everything – I mean everything – that has to do with your wedding. Is that clear?”
“Yes, sir,” I said and saluted before I could stop myself. Aunt Maggie broke out into a laugh, but Mr. Andre turned quickly, fixing his eyes on her. She quickly stifled her reaction and stood up a little straighter, becoming just another draftee in the world of white satin.

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In the Age of Graphic Storytelling Cozy Mysteries Still Doing Well
by Teresa Trent
 
 In the Age of Graphic Storytelling Cozy Mysteries Still Doing Well
by Teresa Trent
When I started writing mysteries I knew that I wanted to have an element of romance in all of them because that is something a little extra I am happy to find in reading other people's mysteries. The romance should be a sub plot, but not overtake the mystery. In my latest mystery, Buzzkill, Betsy is getting married so there are romantic scenes, but first and foremost she must solve the mystery of the death of her florist and deal with all of the craziness in planning a wedding. I've only planned one wedding and funny how writing this book brought back my own Bridezilla memories.
One of the things that I was concerned when I first started thinking about publishing my writing was that many of the mysteries have some pretty explicit scenes both in the sex and violence areas. Could I actually write anything like that? These books are exciting to read, and I've read my share, but I have to admit that when they get to the gory parts I have to put them down. Whenever my husband and I watch horror movies on DVD, I always make sure I have a knitting project. That way I can look down whenever it gets too scary. My dogs never had so many sweaters.
The traditional structure of the cozy mystery is cozy-not realistic. If I'm going to write love scenes into my stories, then I'm going to emphasize romance and sweetness and I'm not going to emphasize sweaty bodies and bulging bosoms.
Of course one of the things that I worried about in writing cozy mysteries was that my books were not going to be as marketable as a 50 Shades of Gray or a realistic thriller. I was pleasantly surprised when I started getting comments and reviews from readers who specifically pointed out that they enjoyed books without any graphic sex, violence and strong profanity. What a relief! There are more of me out there! What I learned from this is that preferring something that is cozy, sweet or inspirational is not a bad thing. There are all kinds of different reading tastes out there from erotica to Grace Livingston Hill and cozy mysteries just fall on that spectrum. I'll admit I grew up watching movies like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Steel Magnolias, the old Miss Marple movies and even the television show Murder She Wrote. I wanted to live in that town and I wanted to know those characters. All you have to do is watch the evening news to know that life is gritty and graphic enough, so spending a little time in a cozy mystery can be a good place to come home to. I'll leave a pitcher of sweet tea on the porch and you won't need any craft projects for the scary parts.
 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Do or Diner by Christine Wenger


 
 
 
 
 
 


Book Details
Genre: Cozy Mystery – New Series
Published by: Signet/ Penguin
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Number of Pages: 304

Synopsis When Trixie Matkowski agrees to take over her aunt’s diner, she pictures lakeside views and delicious comfort food in the small town where she spent summers as a child. But the sweet scene turns sour when someone puts murder on the menu….
Trixie is in need of a fresh start away from her cheating ex-husband, but she may be biting off more than she can chew when she moves to upstate New York to run her family’s famed Silver Bullet Diner. Not only is she caught off guard by the small town’s resident heart-throb, Deputy Ty Brisco, but her first health inspection turns into a nightmare…when the inspector keels over into his blue plate special.
Someone made a deadly addition to an old family recipe, and Trixie is determined to find out whodunit. But between serving up orders and sniffing out clues, she’d better watch her back-or her next meal might be her last.
INCLUDES RECIPES!


My Review:

This was an awesome book that I couldn't hardly put down.  It kept my attention from the very beginning.  It was a great cozy and it kept me guessing up till the very end.  This is the first book in the Comfort Food Mystery Series and I am really looking forward to the next book in this series (there is an excerpt of it in this book and it sounds really good).  I really liked Trixie.  She was bound and determined to continue her aunt's  and uncle's legacy by keeping the Silver Bullet Diner successful.  She wouldn't give up even when hunky cop Ty Briscoe asked her to not interfere in the investigation.  This cozy is filled with quirky characters, and Ms. Wenger did such a great job that I feel like I know these characters personally.  There are also some yummy recipes in the back that I want to try.  Thank Christine for such a wonderful cozy mystery, I honestly can't wait for the next one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my  honest review.



 
About Christine Wenger
I have worked in the criminal justice field for more years than I care to remember! It seems like I was forever going to school while I was working full time, but in the end, I received a dual master’s degree in Probation and Parole Studies and Sociology from Fordham University.
Unfortunately, the knowledge gained from way too many years in night school, didn’t prepare me for what I love to do the most – writing romances and cozy mysteries.
MY FIRST BOOK My very first book, THE LADY AND THE COWBOY, a short, western historical, was written for beginning adult readers, and I sold it to Laubach Literacy. In 1998, it was chosen by the Publishers Liaison Committee of the Public Library Association’s Adult Lifelong Learning Section as one of the “Top Titles for Adult New Readers.” Yes!
“THE CALL FROM HARLEQUIN” One of my biggest thrills in life was receiving “the call” from Susan Litman at Harlequin (then Silhouette) Special Edition in January of 2004. She wanted to publish THE COWBOY WAY. Yeee-haw!
THE COWBOY WAY was released in January of 2005—a year later. Such a looong time to wait. Since then, I’ve written eight books (and counting!) for Harlequin. I love writing about cowboys out west and the southwest, far away from New York State where I live! These are my GOLD BUCKLE COWBOYS (You’ll fall in love with them in eight seconds!) I’ve also written two books set in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, The Hawkins Legacy.
COZY MYSTERIES A new venture for me (in 2013) is a series of “comfort food” cozy mysteries which I set in a small-town 1950’s diner, THE SILVER BULLET.
The first book, DO OR DINER, from Penguin/Obsidian books is scheduled for release on August 6, 2013. A second book will follow, A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, in 2014, and a third, yet untitled, book will be scheduled after that.
JUST FOR FUN I enjoy watching professional bull riding and rodeo with my favorite cowboy, my husband Jim. We put on our cowboy regalia (I look horrible in a cowboy hat!) and have traveled to events in Las Vegas, Florida, Connecticut, and other states. As a result of our travels, I have met many genuine, personable and polite cowboys, and that’s how I get my inspiration for my westerns! Of course I have to do research for my comfort food diner series. That takes me to diners all over the U.S. and Canada (and maybe Europe and Asia!) for meals. It’s a tough job, but I just have to do it!
Online links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinewengerauthor?fref=ts
Website: www.christinewenger.com
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Letters

About The Letters:
Book one in Suzanne's brand new series; The Inn at Eagle Hill.

Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined to find a way to support her family and pay off her late husband's debts, she sets to work to convert the basement of her Amish farmhouse into an inn. While her family, especially her cranky mother-in-law, is unhappy with Rose's big idea, her friend and neighbor, Galen King, supports the decision and he helps with the conversion. As Rose finalizes preparations for visitors, she prays. She asks God to bless each guest who stays at the Inn at Eagle Hill. As the first guest arrives and settles in, Rose is surprised to discover that her entire family is the one who receives the blessings, in the most unexpected ways. And she's even more surprised when that guest decides to play matchmaker for Galen King.

With her signature plot twists combined with gentle Amish romance, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for fresh stories of simple pleasures despite the complexity of life. Fisher's tale of God's providence and provision will delight her fans and create many new ones. Welcome to the Inn at Eagle Hill.

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My Review:

Classic Suzanne Woods Fisher.  She told a great story filled with great characters, some new and some that I've met before.  Rose was such a strong character.  Even with all of her troubles she still relied on GOD and trusted that He would bring her through.  Rose decides to open an Inn at her mother-in-laws home.  When Delia, who has issues of her own, comes to the inn, Rose knows she is sent by GOD for a reason.  Galen is her neighbor and has feelings for her, but Rose is afraid to be in a relationship again.  Vera is Rose's mother-in-law and she is quite a character.  Delia has her estranged husband, Charles, to examine Vera, and through trust he helps Vera.  Then there are Rose's children, Bethany, Mim, Luke, and Sammy, the boys are quite a handful.  This book is sweet with a little humor in it.  I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone, especially someone who loves Amish Fiction.  Great job Suzanne.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


Meet Suzanne:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iPhone or iPad! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/134r55G

Learn more about Lily at http://adventuresoflilylapp.com/

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Jo Huddleston's That Summer

 
ISBN-10: 1939219035 | ISBN- 13: 978-1939219039 | List Price: $14.99 Softcover, $4.99 Kindle |Format: Soft cover and Kindle | Page Count: 220
THAT SUMMER
An Inspirational Southern historical novel
The Great Depression brings devastation to the Southern Appalachians, but love’s triangle survives.
To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.
That Summer is Book #1 in the Caney Creek Series. Book #2 and book #3 are scheduled to release in April 2013 and September 2013, respectively. Follow the Callaway family through all three books. Live their triumphs, sorrows, achievements, and losses. Walk along with them as they meet faith challenges and fight to regain a rightful place in God’s plan.


My Review:

I really enjoyed this book. It is a fast read filled with very likable characters.  Even when Jim was confused he wasn't unlikable.  This is the story of Jim, who decided to leave home because of his father's strong hand.  He goes to the town of Newton, TN.  He has to lie about his age to get a job.  This book was very well written and Jim's struggles seem so real.  He has attracted the attention of two different women.  One is the boss' daughter, Caroline.  When she up and leaves and doesn't tell Jim why, he turns to Louisa the other girl.  All this happens during the Great Depression.  Jim and Louisa marry and have a daughter.  Around twenty years later, Jim and Caroline are reunited, will they rekindle the spark they had.  I felt that I knew the characters really well after reading this story.  This is also  a story that will stay with me long after I put it down.  I can't wait to read the next book in the Caney Creek series.  Great job Jo. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

 
Author Bio:
Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN). She holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University.
Follow Jo on her WebsiteBlogFacebook and Goodreads.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Courage to Change by Elizabeth Maddrey


Elizabeth Maddrey
HopeSprings Books
380 pp.
Romance
When Phil accepted Christ and stopped drinking, his hard-partying wife Brandi divorced him. Reeling and betrayed, he became convinced Christians should never remarry, and resolves to guard his heart. Allison Vasak has everything in her life under control, except her heart is irresistibly drawn to fellow attorney Phil Reid. As Phil and Allison work closely together to help a pregnant teen, Allison melts Phil’s defenses. But when Brandi discovers their relationship, she decides that though she doesn’t want him, no one else can have him. Can Phil and Allison’s love weather the chaos Brandi brings into their lives?

My Review:

This book started out really slow for me, but towards the middle it really picked up and I couldn't hardly put it down.  I just had to find out what happened next.  I had a lot going on in it.  There were several characters all with small plot lines of their own.  The major players were Allison and Phil.  Phil is divorced.  His hard partying wife left him after he found the Lord.  He doesn't think that divorced people should marry again, but he can't help his attraction to Allison.  Allison really likes Phil and can't understand how he can be interested one minute and not the next.  When they both try to help pregnant teenager, Lindsay, and her dad, Marcus, will things change for Phil and Allison.  Throw in Phil's crazy ex-wife, Brandi, causing all kinds of trouble, this turns into a thriller.  Will Brandi go too far?  I really did like this book once I got into it.  It wasn't a fast read at first, but towards the end you won't be able to put it down.  Great job Elizabeth.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.